Shunpike partners with city and business leaders in Seattle and several Puget Sound cities to activate downtown cores by matching artists and arts groups with vacant storefronts. This program is part of a national wave of community-driven collaboration between neighborhoods, cities, businesses and artists – including programs taking place in San Francisco, Portland and New York.
Storefronts Seattle began in early 2010, when members of the historic Pioneer Square and Chinatown-International District neighborhoods sought solutions for the growing number of vacant storefronts in the area. The program is now growing to other city neighborhoods, including Capitol Hill, South Lake Union and Belltown.
Shunpike has also taken the Storefronts program to several other cities in the Puget Sound, including Auburn, Bellevue and Mount Vernon.